What the world needs most today, more than at any time in history, is mercy. In the world of science and technology, there is no place for mercy. This lack of mercy is evident in the violent destruction of human life and habitat. Ironically, such acts are often justified in the name of justice.
As we draw to a close the year consecrated to Mary, Star of the New Evangelisation, let us reflect on where we are at in our efforts for the New Evangelisation and how we are to move ahead.
"The just ordering of society or the state is not the central responsibility of the Church. Yet, as citizens of the state, we are called to participate in public life in a personal capacity."
Since I assumed the office of Archbishop of Singapore, I have shared with you my ten-year vision for the Archdiocese and for our people. I have spoken many times on the urgency of the New Evangelization, which is a call to all Catholics to renew their faith and to share the Good News about Jesus Christ with ardour, as visible witnesses of His love, in every sphere of society, working in communion and using approaches that are relevant.
The thrust of the Universal Church in this century is that of the New Evangelization. This is critical if the Church is to arrest the disturbing trends in the world caused by secularization and relativism.